34 | MARCH 2019 | Claims Magazine | PropertyCasualty360.com
IN A DRONE CRASH?
By Jeff Ellis
Within the last several months, there has been substantial me- dia coverage of drones being operated in the area surround- ing three major airports, Gatwick, Heathrow and Newark. Fortunately, there were no collisions with passenger aircraft. However, all three incidents caused significant disruption to airport
operations and the plans of tens of thousands of passengers.
The media coverage about these incidents has focused on the inadequacy
of airport drone security measures, the risks posed by increased numbers
of drones and the possibility of a serious accident involving a passenger
aircraft. While the focus on these topics is certainly understandable, there
has been little attention paid to who could be held liable if there was an
accident, what the standards for liability would be and whether there would
be insurance coverage for the damages that might be claimed.